Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The anti-Kings group

From page A4 | January 06, 2014 | 21 Comments

The year 2013 ended without word on whether the Kings arena Grinches got enough signatures to qualify for the ballot in Sacramento. It’s a good bet they did get enough signatures. They had $100,000 to spend courtesy of Chris Hansen, who was seeking revenge because Sacramento kept Hansen and Microsoft billionaire Steve Balmer from moving the Kings basketball team to Seattle.

Oh, and don’t forget the $40,000 contribution from the non-union contractors who are unhappy that the Kings decided to hire union workers to build the downtown arena.

What a bunch of sourpusses. The revenge contributors put the whole anti-arena petition drive in perspective. Make no mistake that the petition group only wants to put the city’s arena subsidy to a vote. The ultimate result of this campaign is to kill the downtown arena. The arena must be built by 2016 or the NBA can move the Kings out of Sacramento.

The petition will help that move happen because it isn’t just an up-or-down vote on Sacramento using some parking revenue to provide a $258 million subsidy for a $450 million arena. The initiative calls for a June vote to decide whether a subsidy for the arena should go to a public vote. If that gets a majority vote, then in November Sacramento voters would be asked to vote yay or nay on the actual subsidy.

All this ballot rigmarole will accomplish is to delay the arena construction and thereby drive up the price of building it.

There is more than the arena at stake. Downtown developers and Kings owners have been buying properties next to the site of the arena and have presented plans to the Sacramento City Planning Commission for a 250-room hotel, 550 units of housing, offices and retail outlets in the Downtown Plaza. That is just the beginning. The potential investment in the arena and nearby developments is easily going to be worth $1 billion.

When Assemblyman Roger Dickinson was on the Sacramento Board of Supervisors he tried to get a regional sales tax to support the Kings. Naturally we opposed such a hare-brained scheme. The city of Sacramento, though, has come up with a more subtle way of extracting money from the greater Kings area of support. The city is adding on a surtax to Kings tickets and raising downtown parking fees.

The petition group is just plain opposed to the arena and probably doesn’t give a fig about the Kings. A selfish minority like this shouldn’t be allowed to endanger Kings basketball for the whole six-county area surrounding Sacramento. We call on the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors and the Placerville City Council to pass resolutions of support for the Kings arena. It’s a no-cost action that will help defeat this anti-arena drive.

We’re all counting on Sacramento to fund and mount an effective campaign against this ballot measure. If anyone can do it, Mayor Kevin Johnson can. Let’s give him some emotional support from the hinterlands.


Mountain Democrat


Discussion | 21 comments

  • 1036-FrankJanuary 02, 2014 - 4:06 pm

    The people of Sac are concerned about the public footing the bill for a major development for something a few will use. "Mayor Johnson" is not only a good friend of the Bummer and travels to visit him often, he was recently found to be receiving large sums from corporations for his "foundations" If the very wealthy people who own this sports team want a new state of the art arena when nothing prevents a cheaper renovation of the old arena, they should pay for it.

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  • The Quest for the Holy GrailJanuary 02, 2014 - 10:20 pm

    You don't vote for a King!

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  • Yogi BareaJanuary 02, 2014 - 10:36 pm

    I stopped caring about basketball when whatshisname retired.

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  • Spike MaloneJanuary 03, 2014 - 7:06 am

    A selfish minority shouldn’t be allowed to endanger the enrichment of profiteering downtown developers and Kings owners who have been buying properties next to the site of the arena. F*k the taxpayers.

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  • Karl LaundryJanuary 03, 2014 - 7:23 am

    FPPC fined Kevin Johnson $37,500 for failing to report millions of dollars in donations, including for the group tasked with developing a financing plan for new arena. No felony charges brought by DA.

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  • Jimmy FreshetteJanuary 03, 2014 - 7:36 am

    What about the $800,000 Walmart & Walton donations to Sac City Council's favorite charities?

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  • Ruby StayJanuary 03, 2014 - 7:51 am

    Reporter ... Sac city officials did not make a secret deal with arena investors to provide an extra $80 million of public money.

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  • i love the kingsJanuary 03, 2014 - 7:57 am

    Q: What should you do if you find three Sacramento Kings basketball fans buried up to their neck in cement? A: Get more cement.

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  • EvelynJanuary 03, 2014 - 2:37 pm

    "More City of Sacramento Corruption: No Bids for Arena construction—Sweetheart Deals ONLY" - HERE: Sacramento is trying to become the Chicago of the West.

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  • EvelynJanuary 03, 2014 - 2:40 pm

    "Sacramento City Treasurer To Reveal Debt Payment Plan For New Kings Arena" - HERE: Figures . . . show the city could need to borrow as much as $304 million to fund its public portion of the arena. That could lead to annual payments starting at $17.5 million a year, then $19.9 million a year, and even higher by 2034.

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  • EvelynJanuary 03, 2014 - 2:48 pm

    "I, Wendy Mattson, by the power vested in me as the Mayor of the City of Placerville, do hereby strongly support keeping the Sacramento Kings in the City of Sacramento, and respectfully request that the N.B.A. act accordingly." ~ Proclamation 3/12/13

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  • EvelynJanuary 04, 2014 - 9:23 am

    "Sacramento seeking to file eminent domain suit for arena property" - HERE: The site contains more than half the land needed for the planned $448 million arena. ... If the council approves the eminent domain strategy, the city will place a check for $4.35 million into escrow that would be used to acquire the property. ... Kings President Chris Granger said in an emailed statement that the team supports the city’s eminent domain suit and is “fully committed to our partnership in every facet.” ... In order to seize the former Macy’s, the city must first convince a judge that it needs the land to serve a public good. ... Local redevelopment agencies historically used the eminent domain procedure frequently, persuading courts that new projects would clear up blight or reduce socio-economic disparities.

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  • EvelynJanuary 04, 2014 - 9:28 am

    "The Fascist Origin and Essence of Privatization" - HERE: Privatization was an important policy in Italy in 1922-1925. The Fascist government was alone in transferring State ownership and services to private firms in the 1920s; no other country in the world would engage in such a policy until Nazi Germany did so between 1934 and 1937.

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  • Jimmy T Greek.January 06, 2014 - 8:06 am

    It's all about da bred.

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  • bryan mcintyreJanuary 06, 2014 - 6:39 pm

    Get ready Sacramento for the fleecing coming your way 'cause you ain't seen nothin' yet. The subtitle from the book, "Field of Schemes" by Neil deMause and Joanna Cagan says it all: "How the Great Stadium Swindle Turns Public Money into Private Profit." Unless the editorial staff of the Mountain Democrat owns land in Sacramento -- and will, therefore, as a Sacramento taxpayer be stuck with annual calls for more public contribution to shore up the arena bottom line -- I hope any arena support editorials are tongue-in-cheek. The arena project is a boondoggle which, ultimately, will benefit no one but wealthy investors. I do own land in Sacramento and am 100% opposed to this waste of my tax dollar. Bryan McIntyre

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  • IsadribbledaballJanuary 07, 2014 - 10:42 am

    How many millionaire NBA players, who are too stupid to do anything else but mumble when they talk and put a ball in a basket (or be a Sacramento Mayor) will invest thier own money in a stadium so they can continue to to reap the rewards? Let the taxpayers vote, what are you afraid of?

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  • i love the kingsJanuary 07, 2014 - 2:49 pm

    Q: If you have a car containing a Kings power forward, a Kings point guard, and a Kings center, who is driving the car? A: The cop.

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  • Howard NosellJanuary 07, 2014 - 5:31 pm

    And whose posting bail? Sacrament tax payers.

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  • Howard NosellJanuary 07, 2014 - 5:42 pm

    Let's call the whole thing OFF!

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  • Jack MartinJanuary 07, 2014 - 11:45 pm

    Don't care if the Kings stay or go. I do care that a group of private business people want the public to pay for an arena where their sports team can play. If there is such a demand for the Kings to remain, then let the local owners raise the cash to build the arena. The demand for tickets, merchandise and advertising space will allow them to recoup their investment. It's called capitalism, and it involves risk with your own money, not the public's.

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  • f*k the taxpayersJanuary 08, 2014 - 7:57 am

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